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Laura Wellington

Tell us about your business

I am a contemporary lighting and furniture designer. I also manage the Factory4 Creative Workshop in Sheepscar, Leeds.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently focusing a lot of my time on my flagship product ‘Hula’ which is a large pendant light which was originally created from industrial waste from the plastics industry. I used the cut offs from their large sheets and simply twisted to create the hula loops.

Hula has recently been taken on by Habitat and will be available in their stores over the next few weeks, which is very exciting. Before Hula was taken on by Habitat I completed orders for Hula with Zizzis restaurant in Bluewater and New York Company ‘Transit Culture’ which was for a shop refit in one of the biggest shopping malls in Doha Qatar.

The whole process of getting Hula into Habitat was documented earlier this year in a new BBC 2 TV Program called “Britain’s Next Big thing” which was presented by Theo Pathitis.

I've also recently produced a range of seating called Chipper which is created from a new type of shipping pallet which replaces the old style pallets we all know. The pallets are created from damaged logs, wood waste and other wood by products. I've taken these quirky little pallets and transformed them into an exuberant range of sustainable seating. Chipper has been stylishly finished using a range of sustainable fabrics including a fabric called sting plus- the ultimate environmental fabric created from stinging nettles!

As well as my design work I'm in the process of coordinating a series of creative training packages at the Factory4 workshop. They are completely free for creative companies. It’s turning out to be such a great project I love working around other creative individuals and being able to help people get further in their practices is so nice.

What inspired you to start up?

Initially my inspiration came whilst setting up a hypothetical business as part of my final year project for my Design degree at Leeds Beckett. Hula was created and I started running Vamped Designs after graduating in 2008. I have recently re-branded my business and am now trading under Laura Wellington.

I attended a number of Entrepreneurs boot camps including the one run by Business Start-up at Leeds Beckett and I exhibited in many prestigious design events in London.

What's next?

Laura’s latest venture is the recently launched Duke Studios, which provides co-working space, photography studio, meeting rooms, laser and vinyl cutting services as well as workshop facilities and courses for creative in Leeds.

For more information on Laura take a look at her websites www.laurawellington.co.uk ,www.duke-studios.com

Keep a look out for Laura’s new website soon to be launched www.laurawellington.co.uk

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